Just released the 11th vintage of Heartland Dolcetto & Lagrein takes on a new name and a new label. Lagrein and Dolcetto wanted to enter into an equal and binding relationship. Under Italian D.O.C. rules it is not possible for grapes from different regions to marry. In Langhorne Creek we believe in the freedom of grapes to choose their own relationship. Ben Glaetzer has married them together and we now pronounce them “Sposa e Sposa”.
Variety: Lagrein 54%, Dolcetto 46%
Region: Langhorne Creek 100%
Soil: Sandy loam
The fascinating Lagrein shows great complexity now that the vines have some age. Look for blackberries and black spice! The Dolcetto softens the palate and offers a burst of fruit to please and entice. This is designed for immediate pleasure, but has enough structure for a few years of cellaring.
The Dolcetto was cool fermented on skins for seven days before being crushed and matured in stainless steel in order to preserve the fresh, floral notes of the variety. The Lagrein was matured new French oak barrels after fermentation to create a rounder, softer texture.
2014 followed the classic road of a late vintage accompanying a late Easter. Deep soil moisture from a traditional winter flood bolstered us against the warm summer days, as did the cooling Langhorne Creek winds. The longer ripening period gave us intense and complex Lagrein fruit that gives Sposa e Sposa true depth.
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
Maturation vessel: French oak hogsheads & stainless steel
Total Acidity: 5.43 g/l
Oak type: 100% French
Time in barrel: 9 months (Lagrein)
Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l
Suitable for vegans: yes
Age of vines: 18+yrs
Cellaring potential: 7 - 9 years